Excellent post. However, Bush and the Republicans are not totally blameless here. The Repubs 2001-2006 bled us with a thousand papercuts and don't forget Medicare part D ( prescription drugs). Also, Bush used the veto per annum less than any other president since James Garfield!
The Dems prefer to just lay open the femoral artery and speed things along a bit! We just need our elected representatives to take seriously their enumerated powers set forth in the Constitution and stop spending us into oblivion!